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Impressions from the Nanode soldering workshop

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I’m really glad to report that this second soldering workshop was a success! Six Nanodes soldered that day and all six worked without any trouble. Six cool tinkerers with soldering experience ranging from “none-at-all” to “I-solder-two-kits-with-my-eyes-closed” came and soldered together the Nanode 5 kits, made a few LEDs blink and connected it to the network. We had the same problem as the first one: not enough time to develop any more sketches than the examples included with EtherCard library.

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Workshop: Solder and hack the Nanode


The first nanode workshop was a great success, we got to introduce many people to soldering and arduino. But we didn’t get to really hacking the nanodes and we couldn’t see fully working projects. There was not enough time to both solder the kits, interface them with sensors and program them.

We are having a second workshop, as part of the Human Rights Makerlab, taking place during the DMY Design Festival in Berlin. This time the places are limited, and there will be (hopefully) enough time to get the board made and programmed. It’s taking place on Saturday June 9th, from 11:00 to 17:00.

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betapitch: what it meant to us


We applied, we were shortlisted, we pitched and we didn’t win… But boy it was great!

I personally never presented anything in front of such a crowd in my life. It was a great exercise, and the feedback was not always positive but in all cases constructive.

We are not the new residents in betahaus, but the word is out now that OptimaLabs is in town, people know us, and they know what we do. We met great persons who now became friends and mentors.

Many thanks to the organizers and to people who supported us.
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We’re pitching at betapitch this thursday


Betahaus is one of my favorite places in Berlin. I work and have meetings in the cafe, I hack around in the makerspace Open Design City at the back, and I always bump into cool people who become good friends.

betapitch is one great contest that betahaus organizes to offer ambitious baby businesses a roof and a desk in a supportive coworking environment. OptimaLabs applied and made it to the finals! We’ll present the business and SEE A WATT to a 10 person-jury from diverse backgrounds on thursday may 3rd, we will compete with nine other startups (who must be really good for making it past the first round).

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New logo and website revamp

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Hello everyone, we are back ! With lots of fresh and refreshing news. First of all, I am very glad and proud to announce that we could charm a seed investor and convince him to put 2000 EUR in the pot. Who is he? We’re not allowed to say just now, but very soon :) Little hint for the impatient ones, he’s from the city that’s famous for the Eiffel Tower ;)

As you may have noticed, we used some of that money to get ourselves a nice new logo designed by Samy of Lilja Design. It is very much inspired by technical blueprints from the last century, and it gives a hint to our “technological” identity without being too lame. I  personally like it. Please don’t hesitate to share your opinions about it in the comments.
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Successful Nanode workshop is to be continued..

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(sorry for not blogging about this earlier, it was just a crazy time…)

We made it!! The first Nanode workshop in Berlin!

On Friday and Saturday we had in total nine people who came and soldered their Nanode kits. Most of them were successful, surprisingly people with little or non-existant soldering experience had no problems or shorts, and funnily some who were more familiar with soldering electronic kits did it too quickly and had shorts :) RTFM Continue Reading →

Workshop: Solder and hack the Nanode!

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OptimaLabs is organizing its first workshop! It will take place this weekend in Berlin. You can come on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Description below:

Nanode is an arduino-clone with ethernet onboard and an amazing price tag. Connected microcontrollers were never so affordable and easy to use!

Build your own Arduino clone, then program it to send your blood alcohol level to your smartphone (We can test this at the Makerplatz Afterparty)

The possibilities offered by Nanode are unlimited: you can connect sensors to the internet (pachube for example), you can remote control servos, motors, lights, robots via internet, etc).

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